The Indians walked it off, 3-2, for the second time on the weekend, thanks to a bad-hop, bases-loaded base hit by Jose Ramirez. They maintain their half-game lead over the Royals. (Tigers and Royals are in the 12th at the time I post this.)
On a splendid early summer day with a absolutely jubilant attendance of more than 25,000, the Tribe worked a little overtime ahead of what could be the biggest day in Cleveland in more than half a century.
Pitching was the story of this Father’s Day matchup. Both Carlos Carrasco (7.1 INN/5 H/2 R/6 SO/4 BB) and Carlos Rondon (6.1 INN/8 H/2 R/8 SO/1 BB) were solid throughout. Even much-maligned Bryan Shaw came up big in a tight spot, as he managed to tiptoe through the minefield that is Jose Abreu and Melky Cabrera.
You hesitate to call that a “step in the right direction” for Shaw, but we’re looking for any glimmer of a corner turned with him. He’s been so solid in years past, it’s startling to see his drop-off.
Rajai Davis had a heck of a day, going 4-5 with a pair of doubles. And Juan Uribe swung his big…bat (hehehehe) around with some lasers. One went over the wall, and one hit the top of the wall. If he can get hot, it’s just another bat for a lineup that has somewhat surprisingly found its groove even without Brantley.
Dan Otero did Dan Otero things, which meant he kept the opponent from scoring. I give a hundred thousand mea culpas about this guy. He’s been absolutely fantastic and should be the eighth inning guy with the struggles of Shaw and McAllister. He’s earned the job. He also made Jose Abreu look absolutely silly today, which is REALLY HARD TO DO.
The White Sox’ late-game tinkering added up to nothing. Jose Ramirez did what he’s done all year.
Happy Father’s Day to our readers. Thank you for your interest in what we do.
Now, let’s all wait for The Main Event. Let’s go, Cavs!
W: Dan Otero (2-0); L: David Robinson (0-1)